Patrol Deputy- Lateral Hire

Sycamore, IL
DeKalb County Sheriff

Salary: $63,585 – $78,707.

Position Summary:

The work of this class involves responsibility for the protection of life and property, prevention of crime, apprehension of criminals and the general enforcement of laws and ordinances. Duties normally consist of routine patrol, preliminary investigation, traffic regulation, patrol deputies also may be assigned duties as detectives, youth officers, crime prevention officers, department training officers, field training officers, accident investigators, breathalyzer operators, canine handlers, drone operators, firearms instructor officers, hostage negotiators or special operations team members. Work involves an element of personal danger. The employee must be able to exercise sound independent judgement which calls upon specialized abilities and knowledge possessed by the employee. Work assignments are general, and specific instructions are received from a supervisor who reviews work methods and results through reports, on-site review and discussion. Geographic work area includes urban areas and rural isolated areas.

Essential Functions:

  • Patrols assigned area.
  • Observes for criminal activity, safety hazards, traffic violations, persons needing assistance and the like.
  • Becomes and remains familiar with patrol zones, geographic locations, known offenders, neighborhood routines, potential problem areas.
  • Conducts security inspections and surveys of building and other locations, makes recommendations regarding security, etc.
  • On occasion makes presentations to groups and individuals on subjects related to the job’s tasks and functions.
  • Handles complaints filed by citizens.
  • Observes for, detects and investigates violations of laws and ordinances, and documents and investigates reported violations.
  • Conducts interviews and interrogations of victims, witnesses, suspects, offenders and other persons.
  • Conducts preliminary and follow-up investigations.
  • Identifies, collects, processes, packages and logs physical evidence.
  • Searches persons, vehicles, places and other items.
  • Identifies and arrests offenders, including subduing resistive arrestees.
  • Books, guards and escorts prisoners.
  • Prepares and serves criminal complaints, civil papers, orders of protection, arrest warrants, search warrants and other court documents.
  • Appears and testifies in court, at Coroner’s inquests, at deposition sessions, and similar proceedings.
  • Engages in traffic and parking law enforcement, including Driving Under the Influence detection and apprehension.
  • Controls, regulates and directs traffic, both vehicular and pedestrian.
  • Investigates traffic accidents including protecting the scene, aiding the injured, controlling traffic, and clearing the scene, determining the cause, preparing reports and diagrams.
  • Assists disabled motorists.
  • Deals with all ages of children in a variety of situations, such as delinquents, minors requiring authoritative intervention, neglected, abused, runaways, lost, found, victims of crimes, public relations and instructional functions, and informants.
  • Deals with domestic disputes, and other interpersonal and business conflicts.
  • Observes for, recognizes and corrects, or reports public hazards and inconveniences such as gas leaks, traffic signals out of service, traffic obstructions, and other safety hazards.
  • Responds to requests for ambulance/fire service and assists as needed.
  • Administers first aid, including CPR, to sick and injured persons.
  • Investigates incidents involving dead persons resulting from criminal, accidental, suicidal and natural causes including determination of the circumstances, and handling/removal of the body, and dealing with the family, relatives, friends, witnesses, etc.
  • Investigates reports of lost and found properties.
  • Investigates reports of missing and found persons.
  • Investigates animal complaints, including apprehension and transport of vicious animals.
  • Directs and/or supervises others (civilian and public employees) at the scenes of crimes, accidents, disasters, assemblies, etc.
  • Generally assists persons in distress.
  • Conducts background investigations.
  • Attends training as assigned.
  • Develops and maintains required skills and licenses/permits/certifications associated with areas of special instructions, expertise, etc. (Firearms Qualification, Breathalyzer Operator Certification, CPR, Accident Investigator, Juvenile Law, Criminal Investigations).
  • Trains new officers, volunteers and other officers/employees in areas of special skills or expertise.
  • Prepares clear, accurate complete reports, logs and documents on any and all activities engaged in.


  • Completion of a standard high school course (or equivalent GED), preferably supplemented by some additional college level course work in a police-related discipline, meeting the age and other physical requirements prescribed by the County and Merit Commissioners at the time of examination.
  • The possession of a valid Illinois drivers license, and successful completion of Basic Law Enforcement courses as prescribed in Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board Act.